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Launch Engineer, Infrastructure

STOKE Space Technologies

STOKE Space Technologies

Other Engineering
Florida, USA
Posted on Saturday, July 6, 2024

A thriving economy in space is needed to make life on Earth more vibrant, sustainable, and equitable. Space technology will enable global access to information, solutions to climate change, answers to global food security, products that transform healthcare, clean energy production, and more. Today, rocket launch options are slow, expensive, and unreliable. Stoke is building the world’s most efficient fully and rapidly reusable rocket designed to fly daily that will radically increase access to space and open up the space economy to safeguard our precious home, Earth.


Reusable systems with frequent launch cadence are the key to seamlessly connecting Earth and space. A highly operable, reliable, and robust ground system is an integral part of a fully reusable launch system. As a Launch Infrastructure Engineer for our dedicated launch complex at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, you will be responsible for developing and commissioning a new launch pad from scratch. You will be responsible for all phases of the launch site lifecycle including overall architecture, engineering, build strategy, build execution, integration, commissioning, and site operations. As part of a small, well-supported team, you will have access to the resources you need to get the job done right while simultaneously boosting your skills at a pace that can’t be matched in most other roles. You must be ready to stay focused, move fast, self-direct, and learn on the fly.


  • Develop, own, and drive overall site engineering & build strategy for critical ground infrastructure including static launch mount structures, launch pad structures, flame trench structures, lightning protection systems, tank foundations, integration facilities, ground recovery facilities, and other supporting structures & facilities.
  • Facilitate and drive coordination closely across all Launch disciplines and help define & drive infrastructure strategy for first flight as well as infrastructure strategy to enable a high-cadence, fast-turn launch site.
  • Develop, own, and maintain scope development, build sequence strategy, schedule planning, and budget across Launch infrastructure and concisely communicate site status with executive leadership.
  • Develop and maintain interface requirements and performance requirements for heavy civil structures in coordination with construction management, civil, launch mechanical, launch fluids, high power, and command & control.
  • Continuously maintain and improve the design configuration and physical configuration of the system throughout ongoing operations and maintenance.


  • 6+ years of experience in a related role working engineering, build, and management of critical infrastructure projects in aerospace or similar high-performance application (amusement park, oil & gas, heavy equipment, energy systems, etc.)
  • Practical and theoretical knowledge of heavy-civil structural design, engineering and construction, including experience with structural steel, reinforced concrete structures, deep foundations, mass excavations, dewatering, and/or mass earthwork.
  • Demonstrated experience in project management fundamentals including scope definition, schedule & budget ownership, procurement, contracts, construction management, and field execution.
  • Demonstrated experience executing large capital improvement projects while driving economical and expediate solutions.
  • Excellent understanding of engineering construction drawings and construction means & methods.
  • Proven ability to lead teams, work autonomously, receive and incorporate constructive feedback, and work well on a high performing team.
  • Proven ability to effectively lead external designers, vendors, and contractors while driving projects to completion quickly and efficiently.
  • Experience with applicable engineering standards including ASCE 07, IBC, AISC 360, ACI 318, NFPA, ASTM, & ASME.
  • Experience developing civil-structural analysis models utilizing ETABS, SAP2000, ANSYS, and/or STAAD
  • Innate ability to prioritize and execute
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Ability to lead
  • Ability to follow
  • Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, geotechnical engineering, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, or similar field.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 12+ years of experience in a related role engineering, building, and leading critical infrastructure projects in aerospace or similar high-performance application (amusement parks, oil & gas, heavy equipment, energy systems, etc.)
  • Familiarity with AFSPCMAN 91-710 range requirements as well as DoD explosive siting for launch vehicle programs
  • Experience working with 45th SW, 30th SW, and/or NASA and other government agencies
  • Master’s degree in engineering, engineering management, construction management, or similar field
  • Professional Engineering (P.E.) license


  • Medical, dental, vision and basic life insurance
  • 401(k) match
  • Paid time off
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Equity


Target Levels:

  • Level 4 range: $144,100 - $240,100
  • Level 5 range: $168,100 - $312,200

Equal Opportunity

The Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer, including with respect to disability and veteran status. It is committed to compliance with all equal opportunity laws, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and Title VII. It does not discriminate on the basis of nationality, race, citizenship, immigration status, or any other protected class when it comes to employment practices, including hiring.

Employment at the Company is contingent upon satisfactory completion of reference and background checks, and on your ability to prove your identity and authorization to work in the U.S. for the Company. Employees must comply with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services employment verification requirements, and, therefore, they must complete an Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 at the start of employment and re-verify authorization to work periodically.

Separate from this I-9 process, this position entails access to certain technology and technical data that is restricted under U.S. export control laws and regulations. Employment or continued employment may be conditioned on your legal authorization to work with or have access to export control materials as necessary to perform your job.